Liberia, partners commence World AIDS Day

As HIV&AIDS continue to post serious threat to development in Liberia and the global community; therefore collective effort is required stop the further spread of the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Despite recent improvement in access to antiretroviral treatment and care in many regions of the world, serious challenges including stigma and discrimination, denial of one’s positive status, low level of domestic support among others continue to undermine national response to HIV and AIDS- National AIDS Commission of Liberia.

The Government of Liberia through the   National AIDS Commission (NAC) and the National AIDS Control Program (NACP) of the Ministry of Healthhascommenced series of activities in observance of the World AIDS Day 2015 in the Country.The activities are being undertaken by the AIDS Commission in collaboration with its partners including the Joint United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Development Program and other UN agencies.

Observed on the 1stof December every year, World AIDS Day is dedicated to raising awareness about the HIV and AIDS pandemic;provide a platform to reflect on the achievements made in the national HIV response and to embrace with optimistic solidarity people living with HIV.

World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988, and since then Governments and officials from all sectors in their respective countries have committed themselves to observing the day with speeches, forums, communities’ awareness and media campaign on global and national themes aimed at reaffirming their commitments.

According to National AIDS Commission release, Liberia will join the world over to celebrate the day under the global Theme: “Fast Track-Ending the AIDS Epidemic by 2030”, with a national Theme: “Liberia Fast Tracking: Scale up Treatment, Know Your Status, Use Condoms and End Stigma and Discrimination.”

Ahead of the December 1, series of activities including community outreach, a massive HIV Counseling and Testing campaign, mobilization of schools and communities, sports tournament and competitionare being implemented in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County and other parts of the country.Partners in the HIV national response including the Network of People living with HIV (PLHIV) are spearheading these activities in Buchanan City.

ActionAidLiberia’sCountry Director, Madam Korto Williams,will serve as Guest Speaker for this year’s World AIDS Day, followed by speeches from the Government of Liberia, heads of UN Agencies, civil society and other partners.

The National AIDS Commission is calling on Liberians and others within the borders of Liberia to use these activities marking the observance of WAD to increase awareness on the prevention of HIV&AIDS.

NAC says, HIV&AIDS continue to post serious threat to development in Liberia and the global community; therefore collective effort is required stop the further spread of the AIDS epidemic by 2030.Despite recent improvement in access to antiretroviral treatment and care in many regions of the world, serious challenges including stigma and discrimination, denial of one’s positive status, low level of domestic support among others continue to undermine national response to HIV and AIDS. End!

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